You know it’s bad when even your imaginary friends won’t talk to you!
Some writer’s swear that writer’s block affect them, other dismiss it with alarming ferocity.
But as Gertrude Stein once wrote:
If you write a half-hour a day, it makes a lot of writing year by year
Even if three quarters of what you’ve written turns out to be total junk which you destroy, you have written something and on that foundation you can grow your word base, narrative and characters. Imagine if you wrote a thousand words a day, even if 750 of those words were not worth keeping, by the end of the month you’d have 7,500 words.
I’ve personally found the best way to combat writer’s block is to write anything – even if it’s just reproducing on paper an event or conversation that happened in real life – that allows my imagination to be sparked to create a fictional scene. Practise and consistency for me has been the best tool for keeping me writing and to keep my writing improving.
Of course this advice works for me but will not necessarily work for every writer. You have to find the method of writing that works for you and then use it to its full potential. There is no ‘one’ right way to write, but there may be one right way for you. There may be several right ways for you depending on the time and circumstances. The most important thing is to try lots of different methods till you settle on what is most comfortable for you as an individual writer.